Upper Chichester – Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) is now accepting applications for the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program.  In this program, qualifying families who have a child age 5 or under may qualify for new windows and other repairs to help remediate lead paint hazards. Once an application is received, CAADC staff meets with the applicant to explain the program in detail and discuss the hazard of lead-based paint in the home.  Next, a lead audit is performed by a licensed firm. A report is prepared showing where lead paint exists in the home.  CAADC then prepares a Scope of Work detailing the steps that will be taken to remove or reduce the lead to acceptable levels.  This may include replacing doors and windows, installing new drywall, replacing trim and moldings, etc.  When the renovations are complete, another lead audit is performed to be sure that all lead has been removed or reduced to acceptable levels.  A copy of the final report, along with educational materials relating to lead hazards, is then given to the family.

Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer of CAADC, urged, “This program can make your home safer and keep your children healthy.”

To qualify, applicants must:

1. Meet certain income guidelines
2. Have a child age 5 or under at the time of application
3. Be a homeowner (renters are not eligible at this time), and
4. Be a resident of Delaware County (not all communities are eligible).

For more information or to receive an application, call 610.833.4442. This program is funded by the Delaware County Office of Housing and Community Development and Lawrence County Community Action Partnership.